Thursday, December 22, 2011

2011 Christmas Card

So most of you remember my little photo shoot nightmare.  Which by the way was one of my favorite posts this year simply because I loved all of your comments!  So glad many of you can relate to the craziness that is life with a one year old.  :)  99% of the photos were just awful with Kole screaming and me strained trying to contain him (I'll have to post the out takes at some point!).  But we did get ONE.  One picture with most of us smiling and looking at the camera.  And that one photo was the obvious winner.

So I decided to keep it real, embrace this stage and roll with it!  

Our 2011 Christmas Card --


Whatever works, right?  

I'm feeling so grateful tonight just sitting here with Kenny, in our comfy home, next to the lights of our Christmas tree, working on my fun little blog that brings me so much happiness.  My kids and greatest blessings are all asleep upstairs dreaming about Christmas.  Well - two of them are.  I'm sure Kole is dreaming about running wild down a Target shopping aisle with no one stopping him.  :)  I love this time of year.  I love that time is set aside to think about our Savior and everything He did for us.  I love that time is set aside to spend with the people we love.  

As I'm typing this I can hear Kenny singing Aladdin's "A Whole New World".  He sings that song to me whenever I start getting even remotely emotional or sappy so hearing his sarcastic singing voice in my head is probably a sign that it's time to wrap things up.  But first I want to thank all of you.  One of my favorite things about blogging is connecting with and "meeting" so many wonderful people.  Thank you so much for your support, for your kind comments, thank you for reading.  

 I sincerely hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

xoxo, Erin 

42 comments:

Erika said...

merry christmas, erin!!! your card is beautiful! i love your blog - keep doing what you are doing! :-)

Ashley said...

I love this card! You might as well just go with it. :) Have a great Christmas.

Raluca said...

yes! I can relate - it's so hard sometimes... (I have 2 girls - 2.2 years old and 2 months old); but those hard moments turn into sweet memories so fast!
you have a wonderful family, Erin! the picture is so nice!! and your blog inspires me very much - I even hope one day I'll become more organised thanks to you ;-)
Merry Christmas, Erin!!
thanks for blogging!

Sarah said...

I can SO relate. When I chase my little one tearing down the aisle in Target, I can laugh, because I know I'm NOT alone! Thank you for sharing your stories so candidly! You'll have to peek in on my blog if you get a sec. and you'll get a good laugh at our outtakes...you are NOT alone! :) Merry Christmas, Erin!

Shari said...

Merry Christmas to you too.

xoxo

P.S. Kenny is hilarious

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas! Blessings to you from Australia where I'm lazing by the pool :)

Michelle Cheney Larsen said...

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your cute family. I love the saying on your Christmas card about not pouting. Does this mean Santa's not coming to see Kole? :)

Colleen said...

ok first of all Kenny is pretty funny! that's something my husband would do.

love your card! love your blog!

Merry Christmas Erin!

Tricia said...

Merry Christmas to you and your's! Thankful I found your blog this year! And you had me smiling with visions of wide open Target aisles! I'm so there with my 15 month old!! Have a wonderful holiday! (And now I'm off to Target...:)

Gerri said...

Keeping it real...love it. In 20 years when your kids are my kids ages you will look back on that photo and laugh...of course you probably are already laughing because I think, from reading your blog, that that's how you are. Merry Christmas!

Becky said...

I love your ability to keep it real with a sense of humor, love and gratitude. And, I love the song a whole new world :). Enjoy and Merry Christmas. Look forward to your blog in 2012 and crossing paths something in St. George :). Our kids moved from San Diego so not as much chance there :).

Jacquelyn said...

Perfect card. The girls look beautiful. It's going to be a good memory card because the stage Cole is in is so short lived. He will be your best shopping and errand buddy again soon. My son loves to run errands with me, especially when we go to whole foods because they always have samples ;)

Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Hi Erin! I LOVE your Christmas card! You're right - embrace the stage you are in!! Merry Christmas

LivingSolutionsid said...

Your card is adorable!!! And your comment about Kenny made me laugh out loud! SOOO something my husband would do! Usually he sings Green Days "hope you had the time of your life" in my moments like that! Merry Christmas!!! ~Gina

Shannon said...

OMG hands down best Christmas card EVER!!! I do some photography on the side and I love when parents just roll with the punches. Instead of all of you freaking out you just let Kole do his thing and you got this great photo!!! (Now I'm sure in reality there was lots of freaking out on all of your parts b/c of Mr. Drama Queen lol) BUT the picture is great! I can't wait for the bloopers post!!! :) :) :) MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Kelli said...

I loved that you just rolled with it! Love the card :) Have a wonderful Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family too! I love the picture and really enjoy reading your blog. Enjoy your lovely family and home this Christmas.

Amy said...

The card is perfect! I love it!
I saw a Christmas card one time from a family that had 2 year old twins and then triplet babies. Every single one of them was crying and/or trying to crawl away. It was perfect and truly showed you a glimpse of what their life was like. :)

Merry Christmas to your sweet little family!

Ashley said...

Love this card. thanks for keeping it real and Merry Christmas to your family! Looking forward to 2012 and all the great things your blog has to offer!

melissamevans said...

Beautiful Christmas Card! Merry Christmas!

Simply LKJ said...

Love it! You will look back on it and be glad you chose that one. The family my daughter is a nanny for has a similar pic on the back of their card...one is screaming the other pouting big time! Makes me laugh everytime!!

Sarah said...

Wishing you and your beautiful family a very Merry Christmas :-)
I can totally relate with how you said your girls were asleep dreaming of all things Christmas but Kole would probably be dreaming of running through Target! (My 14 month old and Kole are very alike its scary - except my little man is a climber!)
Love your Christmas card and LOVE reading your blog! Thank you

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to you & your family Erin! I look forward to reading your blog post about your Xmas day. Best wishes for 2012 :)

Wendy said...

It's perfect, Erin! Thank you again for another pick me up post. Merry Christmas to you too and that beautiful family of yours!

Wendy

Julie said...

Merry Christmas to you Erin and your gorgeous family.

Jen V. said...

Merry Christmas Erin! Love the card and your blog!

Rachel Doyle said...

Merry Christmas Erin! I hope you and Kenny have a wonderful holiday!

Rachel Cornwell-Doyle

The Wallace Family said...

I love your Christmas card! It tells a great story that ya'll will never forget:) I have definitely learned to just go with it! I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and Santa is good to your babies:)

Joy @ Light Bulbs said...

I think it's perfect. Way to embrace real life.

Anonymous said...

Erin, I LOVE your blog.
I think you're wonderful.
Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family

Sheila said...

The card is very cute! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

Anonymous said...

Erin, Wow I just realized how much Ellie looks just like Kenny! and Addison looks just like you! :) Beautiful card! Merry Christmas!

Randalls said...

Merry Christmas, Erin!! I hope you and your family have a great holiday! I love reading your blog, its the first one I read every single day. You make me laugh and are so real! I can also relate to your Xmas card... I have a 3 and 6 year old but last year was a nightmare trying to get a good shot of my "terrible two". :) Many blessings to you and your family!

Cheryl said...

Merry Christmas...LOVE the card so funny!

Katrina said...

We have one crying in our Christmas photo, too. Well you know, one out of nine ain't bad...right? We are lucky if we get all of them looking at the camera :)

Merry Christmas!

Paulina said...

Beautiful Christmas picture. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year
From the Gray Family in Yorba Linda

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The card is so beautiful. Special for Christmas. Lovely.

autumn23 said...

Love love your Christmas card! I think Kole crying made the card! ha :) You have a beautiful family. Thanks for sharing your card. Love your blog!

Stacy said...

Merry Christmas, Erin. I enjoy your blog. The card is awesome.

Christan said...

Hey Erin! Got your card(just one). I'm glad you decided to embrace the stage Kole is in. You'll look back and laugh at it eventually!

Anonymous said...

Ellie looks so gorgeous! What a beautiful lil girl. She looks like an angel in that picture! The rest of family looks wonderful too!

Anonymous said...

Erin, who designed your card? I love the colors and banner!!

Tara (ditzyblonde@cox.net)